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From the editor: Say, that photo of Bobby Hanig sure looked familiar

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Early last month, I saw an online ad attacking Bobby Hanig, chairperson of the Currituck County, N.C., Board of Commissioners, while he was still seeking the Republican nomination to be the North Carolina State Representatives… Continue Reading

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Meeting, resolution follows concern about term used in text messages by Virginia Beach city official

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Controversy over a description used in a text message between Virginia Beach city officials seems to have been resolved following an apology and a meeting with community leaders.  The head of an organization that voiced… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, Princess Anne District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked announced candidates for the Virginia Beach School Board Princess Anne District seat to answer an initial set of questions about issues. This appeared in print on Friday, May 25, during the edition distributed at this… Continue Reading

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Procedures were not followed in ‘live burn’ training, but city says there was not exposure to asbestos

Ed. — This is a developing story, and it will be updated online and in the upcoming print edition of The Independent News. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach Fire Department in April sent firefighters to a house that… Continue Reading

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Citizens team up to make Pungo prettier during annual ‘pickup’

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — On the Saturday morning before the Pungo Strawberry Festival, people gathered at Blue Pete’s on North Muddy Creek Road before setting off to clean up the back roads around here. Princess Anne Road is always nice… Continue Reading

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Column: Our annual celebration in Pungo represents an important — and valuable — Virginia Beach industry

BY DAVID TRIMMER COURTHOUSE — Greetings to everyone! I hope and trust all of you are having a wonderful spring and looking forward to Memorial Day weekend and the 35th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival.   The event is a wonderful city… Continue Reading

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Column: On Memorial Day, remembering those who answer our nation’s call

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. You might say that I was a child of the Depression. I learned about war like many women did back in those days – through husbands, fathers,… Continue Reading

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Pungo Strawberry Festival 2018: The ‘berry best’ of Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The dignitaries for the 35th annual Pungo Strawberry Festival, which begins this weekend, were announced during the annual festival press conference and lunch this month at the Culpepper Barn in Pungo. They are the celebrities… Continue Reading

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Celebrating the ‘berry’ heart of Virginia Beach with the Pungo Strawberry Festival

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks during the Wednesday, May 9, press conference announcing the dignitaries and theme.  BY TODD JONES PUNGO — On behalf of the Pungo Strawberry Festival Board, the committee chairs and the many volunteers… Continue Reading